Smartermail on bare metal or VM?
Question asked by Christian Schmit - April 12 at 2:09 AM
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What do people recommend nowadays when deploying Smartermail? Bare metal or VM (in our case ESXi)?

For small Smartermail installations I would not hesitate to go on VM but in this particular case we have a busy Smartermail server with 1050 domains and 9500 mailboxes.

What would be the recommended installation type to choose for this particular installation?

Another question that I ask myself is how do people address the file fragmentation problem on larger servers with many files. On bare metal we used to have Diskeeper running to address this issue which worked quite well.

thanks,
Chris

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Gabriele Maoret Replied
About 600 Mbox here on a VM under Hyper-V.

No issue so far...

i don't know with 9500 mboxes....
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JerseyConnect Team Replied
We're running on a VMWare VM with about 4600 mailboxes and 117 domains.

Also no issues.
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Scarab Replied
I would still recommend Bare-Metal as I/O bottlenecks can still be a big issue on VMs unless you have a RAID Array of all SSDs or a very fast SAN. That said, we are running SM for 275 domains and 1636 users on a VM under Hyper-V. Under heavy load it is not unusual for us to start pushing 350+ IOPS which causes a high Current Disk Queue Length > 10-16  and our Disk Idle Time is less than 1%. This results in periods of noticeable slowness to occur within the SM web interface and a several second delay in message deliveries, slowness with IMAP\EWS\EAS synchronization and more as the VM must queue the Read\Write operations rather than committing said operations to the disk in real time. We are probably going to have to migrate back to Bare-Metal soonerish.

Run performance monitors on your current installation first, especially at peak times, to get a reasonable expectation of what kind of I/O & IOPS you are going to need. It may exceed the performance you can reasonably expect from most VM deployments as we are experiencing.

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